The Registan

Samarkand's Timurid masterpiece

In its more than 2,000 years, Uzbekistan's historic city of Samarkand has seen empires come and go. Laid wasted by Gengis Khan in the 13th century, it was restored in the following century by the nomadic conqueror Timur, or Tamerlane. Timur was a great patron of art and architecture. He built numerous gardens, palaces, mosques and mausoleums, but the Registan in Samarkand is perhaps his greatest legacy.

In ancient times, the central square, covered by sand, was used for celebrations, public executions and gathering of forces for war. It is still a hub of activity today.

Historic Samarkand, located midway on ancient trade routes between Europe

The complex was the center of the ancient city of Samarkand and remains a monument of oriental architecture.

Its three main madrassahs, or centers of learning--Ulughbek, Sher-dor and Tilla-Kori--were built at different times, but true to Timur's legacy.

Sher-Dor Madrassha is named for the golden lions on its facade.

Ten-pointed stars on the portal of Ulughbek Madrassah symbolize astronomy.

Tilla-Kori Madrassah was completed in 1660. Its blue-domed tower and minarets were restored during the Soviet era.

“If you want to know about us, examine our buildings.”

Turco-Mongol proverb

Our travel in Uzbekistan was organized by Australia-based Uzbek Journeys. Read more about Central Asia on Anita's Feast. #Uzbekistan #CentralAsia #Registan #Samarkand #StellerStories #StellerExplore #placetogo #travel #stellerplace #storyoftheday #goexplore #Tamerlane #Timur

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